Tag Archives: real estate

Developments in Development: Poverty and millionaires

When apartment rents are so high, it can be easy to get jaded about the cost of an apartment. I don’t even blink anymore that a studio could cost $2,000 a month. But the San Francisco Chronicle’s editorial board, citing a study by the Public Policy Institute at Stanford University, has found a new way to frame this cost burden...

Shuttered Farina restaurant evicted from 18th Street space

Farina Focaccia & Cucina Italiana appears to have been officially forced out of its space on 18th and Dearborn streets after an eviction. Documents taped to the door indicate the eviction took place Sept. 20. The state Department of Tax and Fee Administration had seized Farina’s liquor license in early July over nearly $275,000 in back taxes and penalties. According...

Developments in Development: Earth-shaking

Developments in Development is a “weekly” column recapping real estate, housing, planning, zoning and construction news. With Mexico City still reeling — though working valiantly to recover — from the Sept. 19 earthquake, there’s been no shortage of local what-iffery. And I’m going to join in, because now is as good a time as any to grapple with the unpleasant...

With land offer for affordable housing on the table, no buyer steps up

The idea for property owner Robert Tillman to strike a deal with the city was first floated publicly at a community meeting in 2016. He was pitching 55-unit development on his property at 2918 Mission St., currently home to a laundromat, and neighbors didn’t take kindly to it. Amidst the angry exchanges in the meeting, there was one that might...

Troubled building on 18th Street back on the market after sale falls through

A historic and troubled property located at 2205 Mission Street at the intersection with 18th Street is for sale again after a deal with a commercial developer fell through. Its current owner, former Facebook executive Owen van Natta, is asking $7 million for the property according to the realtor for the property. He purchased it for $5 million in 2014....

City cites itself (again) for blight on its 16th Street lot

Despite the general knowledge that bureaucracy moves at a glacial pace, graffiti abatement notices seem to arrive with lightning speed. For the second time, one city department has issued a warning to another department to clean up a lot at 16th Street and South Van Ness Avenue. Last year, it was for a blighted lot, and this year, it’s for graffiti. The...

Dozens turn out for hearing on affordable housing coming to SF Mission

Some 60 people, including whole families, turned out for the first in a series of community outreach meetings concerning the construction of a 130-unit affordable housing project at 681 Florida St. that could break ground in Spring 2019. People were there to learn about applying for the spaces and to make suggestions on the use of its community space.  ...

Developments in Development: Time Lapse

A good chunk of the discussion about housing affordability comes down to how long a tenant has been in a building constructed before 1979  – 30 days to secure tenants rights and the longer you’ve been in one place, the cheaper your rent is likely to be. But there is also the market. For a long while I’ve been under...

Developments in Development: Decisions and Limbo

Developments in Development is a weekly column recapping real estate, business, planning, zoning and construction news. The nuns have won! It only took 20,000 signatures and three hours of testimony from 20 or so people, but the Sisters of the Fraternite Notre Dame will open a soup kitchen on Mission Street near 16th Street. This has been a drama unfolding...

Developments in Development: The Road Ahead

Developments in Development is a weekly column recapping real estate, business, planning, zoning and construction news. It’s over! Now on to the next mess that will be 2017. And much as we have tooted the horn of how horrible 2016 was, we have challenges ahead. Consider that San Francisco is, according to Curbed and the city controller, almost at its...

UCSF Research Building at SF General Moves Ahead

A 175,000-square-foot research center to be built by UCSF on what is currently a parking lot at San Francisco General Hospital is moving closer to completing its application process, though the groundbreaking date has been somewhat delayed. The research facility would house workspace for some 800 UCSF employees who have thus far conducted their work at SF General in older,...

Developments in Development: Take a Breath

It has been a week full of revelations on the housing front, but before I get into that, let’s take a moment to consider that rents have dipped, again. At least that is what Curbed reports based on an overview of realty sites’ estimates of asking rents at currently vacant apartments. Also, while fur often flies in the world of...

Senior Housing on Shotwell Brings Foes Together

It was a rare moment of accord at City Hall on Thursday, as activists frequently on opposite sides of San Francisco’s housing wars buried their hatchets to jointly support a Mission District affordable housing project contested by its neighbors. The project went before the Planning Commission to seek a height bonus, which would allow it to go to 85 feet in...

Developments in Development: Shifts and Uncertainty

I must have angered the universe with my last happy-go-lucky, things-are-looking-up column because now there is tension, fear, but most of all uncertainty in the air. By that I do mean the election, but I’m not sure that the election alone is at the center of the unease that seems to have touched the development and real estate world locally....

Café and Laundromat Headed for Former T-Mobile on 20th and Mission

A combination laundromat and café will occupy the space at the corner of Mission and 20th streets come January in the form of Laundré. The café-laundromat will feature a full-scale coffee bar alongside energy-efficient laundry machines and free soap with every wash. Owner Ariana Roviello noted that while a typical wash-and-dry cycle takes about 90 minutes to two hours, it will...